Fall 2017 Timetable (subject to change)

Field Production Weeks 1-8

Action items in red

Part I: Field Production
Meet in Armory 218 - lecture times 1p until 2:50p (combination of lecture and in-class activities). 
Class time runs officially until 4:50. There is time after the lecture where it's recommended you get practice and meet with your instructor to go over your work or get further one-on-one instruction.


Week 1

Tuesday 29 AUGUST

  • Hello and Introduction
  • Equipment overview and policies
  • Stages of production
  • Types of productions
  • Production personnel
  • Types of shots
  • DISCUSS STORYBOARD EXERCISE - due Thursday, August 31
  • Getting to know the camera
  • IN-CLASS EXERCISE - VIDEO ALPHABET- show me what you know

Thursday, 31 AUGUST

  • STORYBOARD EXERCISE DUE
  • Review - students will be called on to answer questions based on material from Tuesday
  • Review VIDEO ALPHABET footage
  • Camera lessons in depth
  • Exposure and White Balance 
  • Framing composition
  •  5-Shot Sequence (students work in teams of 2) - bring footage to class next Thursday, September 8 for Editing Lessons

WEEKEND READING
Chapter 1 – The Television Production Process

  • Section 1.1 What Television Production Is All About
  • Section 1.2 Technical Production Systems

Chapter 7 – Camera Operation and Picture Composition

  • Section 7.1 – Working the Camera
  • Section 7.2 - Picture Composition

Chapter 17 - Field Production and Big Remotes

  • Section 17.1 – Field Production
  • Section 17.2 – Covering Major Events

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Week 2

Tuesday, 5 SEPTEMBER

  • Review Camera Operation - students will be called on to go over parts of the camera
  • Camera movements, including hand-held
  • Covering Events - Sequences
  • Shooting Interviews
  • Microphones
  • Types of Lenses
  • Depth of Field
  • Video Portrait Ideas- let me know what your final topic is and that you have secured your subject

READING: 
Chapter 5 – The Television Camera

  • Section 5.1 – How Television Cameras Work

Chapter 6 – Lenses

  • Section 6.1 - What Lenses Are
  • Section 6.2 - What Lenses See

Chapter 8 – Audio Sound Pickup

  • Section 8.1 – How Microphones Hear
  • Section 8.2 – How Microphones Work

Thursday, 7 SEPTEMBER

  • Review Readings- Types of Lenses - students will be called on to answer questions based on readings
  • Adobe Premiere Lessons - remember to have 5 shot sequence footage and a portable drive to work with
  • Matching Action discussion
  • Matching action assignment overview with interview shot and edited due next Thursday

WEEKEND READING: 

Chapter 18 – Post production Editing: How it Works

  • Section 18.1 How Nonlinear Editing Works
  • Section 18.2 – Audio/Video Linkage

Chapter 19 – Editing Functions and Principles

  • Section 19.1 – Continuity Editing
  • Section 19.2 – Complexity Editing

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Week 3

Tuesday, 12 SEPTEMBER

  • Review Weekend Readings - students will be called on to answer questions
  • Going over first assignments. Clarifications and explanations
  • QUIZ #1 
  • Shooting for the edit- Natural transitions and cutaways. Motivating your edits. Pacing
  • Pre Production review and packet
  • Editing lesson- Mixing and working with audio, editing terms, creating titles and more editing tips
  • Time to work on matching action assignment 
  • Video Portrait Ideas - pitch your ideas to me in individual sessions while working on matching action assignment. Discuss next steps    

Thursday, 14 SEPTEMBER

  • Matching action EXERCISE DUE – SCREENING IN CLASS
  • IN-CLASS EXERCISE - Editing lesson
  • Discuss the Music video assignment. 
  • Start working on Pre Production and storyboard in class for Music video
  • Music video due September 28

WEEKEND READING: 
Review Chapter 7.2 – Picture Composition

Review Chapter 19 – Editing Functions and Principles

Chapter 10 – Lighting

  • Section 10.1 - Lighting Instruments and Lighting Controls
  • Section 10.2 – Light Intensity, Base light Levels, Color Temperature and Color Mixing

Chapter 11 – Techniques of Television Lighting

  • Section 11.1 - Lighting in the Studio
  • Section 11.2 – Lighting in the Field   

Chapter 16.2 – Single-camera and Digital Cinema Directing           

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Week 4

Tuesday, 19 SEPTEMBER

  • Review Lighting from weekend reading - students will be called on to answer questions
  • Guest Speaker Veronica Villafañe
  • IN-CLASS EXERCISE -  LIGHTING GEAR INSTRUCTION
  • IN-CLASS EXERCISE -  With a partnerset up an interview situation with lighting
  • First draft of Pre Production items due for Video Portrait by 10pm

Thursday, 21 SEPTEMBER

  • Review Lighting - students will be called on to answer questions
  • Discussion of the Pre Production for PSA and Video Profile
  • News Packages elements and how to go about production
  • Scripting and how to write one
  • Discuss extra credit option- News package
  • In class time to work on editing music video

WEEKEND READING:

Chapter 3 – The Script

  • Section 3.1 – Basic Script Format
  • Section 3.2 – Dramatic Structure, Conflict, and Dramaturgy

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Week 5

Tuesday, 26 SEPTEMBER

  • Review from reading assignment - students will be called on to answer questions
  • PSA structure and purpose
  • Video portrait feedback returned on Monday. Corrections for final approval due by end of day Wednesday, including draft script made up of questions. Once approved you can start production.
  • DISCUSS PSA ASSIGNMENT -  Topic- Freedom of Speech. Break into groups. Begin scripting and story boarding. Email finished items to me by end of day

Thursday, 28 SEPTEMBER


  • Music video ASSIGNMENT DUE - in-class screenings
  • QUIZ #2
  • Break into groups for in class exercise.
  • Editing lesson-Fast package editing and using the audio booth
  • Extra Credit News Packages - last day to let me know if you are doing this. Due at end of  week 8
  • PSA PROPOSAL, STORYBOARD AND SCRIPT feedback returned. Make changes based on feedback for approval. Once approved, start production

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Week 6

Tuesday, 3 OCTOBER


  • PSA work day - final edit due Thursday, October 5. If you have a rough cut or footage, happy to review

Thursday, 5 OCTOBER


  • PSA Exercise DUE - class screening
  • Discussion on constructing video stories, scripting
  • Go over issues or questions regarding video profile.
  • Turn in script for Video Profile. Interviews for the Profile need to be shot by this date. Feedback from script over the weekend. Make changes and use Tuesday for any re-shoots or extra footage if needed.

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Week 7

Tuesday, 10 OCTOBER

  • Wild Card Day- use to shoot for video portrait

Thursday, 12 OCTOBER

  • Review session midterm 
  • IN-CLASS - Work on editing Video Portrait Exercise - that means you need the full interview and some footage by this date.  Want to see rough edit in class

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Week 8

Tuesday, 17 OCTOBER

  • MIDTERM – covers everything so far

Thursday, 19 OCTOBER

  • VIDEO PORTRAIT EXERCISE DUE - SCREENING IN CLASS
  • Last day to turn in extra credit news package

WEEKEND READINGS: 
Review Chapter 7 – Camera Operation and Picture Composition

Chapter 13 – Switching, Or Instantaneous Editing

  • Section 13.1 – How Switchers Work
  • Section 13.2 – Special Purpose Switchers

Chapter 15 – Television Talent

  • Section 15.1 – Television Performers and Actors
  • Section 15.2 – How to Do Makeup and What to Wear